Massimo Roccoli and Christian Gamarino are the two Italian pilots who, in 2017, have competed in the Supersport class; the first one in the Italian championship and the second one in the World championship. Here an analysis of last season and their prospects for 2018.
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Gamarino in the World Supersport Championship and the multi-national champion Roccoli, in the National CIV 600 class, at Eicma gave us a brief summary of their season 2017.
Massimo Roccoli, the five-time Italian champion in this intermediate category, last season was supposed to compete in the CIV Superbike with a MV Agusta F4: but the project to develop what is considered being the tip of the diamond of the house of Schiranna and ride it on the track has never taken off. Massimo, therefore competed in the Italian championship 600 with an F3 winning a race right away. Moreover, Roccoli has also disputed a race in the World Superbike at Lausitzring, with the Yamaha Team Guandalini. Due to these motorcycles and category changes combined with two accidents, it cannot certainly be said that for the rider from Rimini it was not one of the less complicated seasons.
A much less troubled season, instead, for Gamarino, who has competed in the World Championship 600 with the Bardahl Evan Bros Honda Racing team reaching the eleventh place in the final championship standings, and as best result, obtained a sixth place in the race at Portimão. Even though the Honda 600 was set in the best ways by the technicians captained by Fabio Evangelist, it has not proved to be able to compete with the fast Yamaha, Kawasaki and MV; however for Christian it has been a significant championship, that allowed him to gain a lot of experience.
As for the future, Roccoli, being a technical collaborator of the IMF, will thus continue his activity as instructor, helping the Italian pilots of the CIV Junior (minibike and miniGP) to grow. Anyway, he certainly doesn’t intend to hang up the helmet and he will be shortly on the track in the CIV Supersport, trying to conquer what it would be his sixth national title. As for the team Evan Bros and Gamarino, since they took different paths, the team from Ravenna then joined Yamaha and is now focused on the Swiss rider Randy Krummenacher.
After having searched for a good opportunity in the Supersport, it’s recent the news that Christian will dispute the first five rounds of the 2018 Superbike World Championship with the Suzuki team Grillini; from the sixth race will then debut Gabriele Ruiu, who will turn 18 by then, a prerequisite in order to participate in the WSBK. Anyway Gamarino’s hope is to still be able to continue to ride in the Superbike, perhaps as wild card with the team Grillini.